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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778036/polymeric-nanoparticles-as-a-platform-for-permeability-enhancement-of-class-iii-drug-amikacin
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Saman Fatima, Zeenat Iqbal, A K Panda, M Samim, Sushama Talegaonkar, Farhan Jalees Ahmad
Amikacin (A), a water soluble aminoglycoside antibiotic is commercially available for intravenous administration only. Present investigation is aimed at the development of poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles (A-NPs).1 for oral permeability enhancement of amikacin. The pharmaceutical attributes of the A-NPs revealed particle size, 260.3 ± 2.05 nm, zeta potential, -12.9 ± 1.12 mV and drug content, 40.10 ± 1.87 μg/mg with spherical shape and smooth surface. In vitro antibacterial studies showed that the A-NPs were active against P...
May 16, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777966/determinants-of-choice-of-delivery-place-testing-rational-choice-theory-and-habitus-theory
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Anja Broda, Juliane Krüger, Stephanie Schinke, Andreas Weber
OBJECTIVE: The current study uses two antipodal social science theories, the rational choice theory and the habitus theory, and applies these to describe how women choose between intraclinical (i.e., hospital-run birth clinics) and extraclinical (i.e., midwife-led birth centres or home births) delivery places. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, MEASUREMENTS: Data were collected in a cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey among 189 women. A list of 22 determinants, conceptualized to capture the two theoretical concepts, were rated on a 7-point Likert scale with 1 = unimportant to 7 = very important...
May 7, 2018: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777645/-childbirth-is-not-a-sickness-a-woman-should-struggle-to-give-birth-exploring-continuing-popularity-of-home-births-in-western-kenya
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Violet Naanyu, Joyce Baliddawa, Beatrice Koech, Julie Karfakis, Nancy Nyagoha
More than 95% of Kenyan women receive antenatal care (ANC) and only 62% access skilled delivery. To explore women's opinion on delivery location, 20 focus group discussions were conducted at an urban and rural setting in western Kenya. Participants included health care workers, traditional birth attendants (TBAs), and women who attended at least four ANC visits and delivered. Six in-depth interviews were also conducted with a combination of women who gave birth in a facility and at home. Discussions were digitally recorded and transcribed for analysis...
March 2018: African Journal of Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777635/reducing-the-number-of-obstetrical-beds-by-challenging-traditions
#4
Camilla Dalby Salvig, Marie Højriis Storkholm, Jannie Dalby Salvig, Niels Uldbjerg
The aim of this commentary is to describe changes in women care at an obstetric department that made it possible to reduce the number of beds from 40 to 29. Patient pathways were reviewed and revised using lean methodology. The mean length of stay was reduced from 70 to 59 hours and the mean numbers of hospitalizations per woman from 1.26 to 1.20. At the organizational level, we introduced a Family Department, home management of newborns, home monitoring of the women with cardiotocography and blood samples, and intrapartum Group B Streptococcus-PCR...
May 19, 2018: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777549/frailty-risk-in-hospitalized-older-adults-with-and-without-diabetes-mellitus
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Deborah A Lekan, Thomas P McCoy
BACKGROUND: Research indicates that diabetes mellitus (DM) may be a risk factor for frailty and individuals with DM are more likely to be frail than individuals without DM, however, there is limited research in hospitalized older adults. OBJECTIVES: To determine the extent of frailty in hospitalized older adults with and without DM using a 16-item Frailty Risk Score (FRS) and assess the role of frailty in predicting 30-day rehospitalization, discharge to an institution, and in-hospital mortality...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777535/the-relationship-between-costs-and-quality-in-veterans-health-administration-community-living-centers-an-analysis-using-longitudinal-data
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James F Burgess, Michael Shwartz, Kelly Stolzmann, Jennifer L Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between cost and quality in Veterans Health Administration (VA) nursing homes (called Community Living Centers, CLCs) using longitudinal data. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: One hundred and thirty CLCs over 13 quarters (from FY2009 to FY2012) were studied. Costs, resident days, and resident severity (RUGs score) were obtained from the VA Managerial Cost Accounting System. Clinical quality measures were obtained from the Minimum Data Set, and resident-centered care (RCC) was measured using the Artifacts of Culture Change Tool...
May 18, 2018: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777334/patient-engagement-in-community-health-center-leadership-how-does-it-happen
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Anjana E Sharma, Beatrice Huang, Margae Knox, Rachel Willard-Grace, Michael B Potter
Patient engagement in primary care leadership is an important means to involve community voices at community health centers. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are mandated to have patient representation within their governing boards, while practices seeking patient-centered medical home certification receive credit for implementing patient advisory councils (PACs). Our objective was to compare and contrast how community health centers engage patients in clinic management, decision-making and planning within governing boards versus PACs...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776478/perceptions-of-health-care-professionals-on-the-effects-of-residential-summer-camp-in-their-patients
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P Galen DiDomizio, Ann Gillard
PURPOSE: A growing body of literature exists regarding medical specialty camps for children. However, very little of the research focuses on the perspectives of healthcare providers. This study explored perceptions of pediatric healthcare providers on a medical specialty camp for children. DESIGN AND METHODS: Interviews with five volunteer physicians and five nurses were conducted and analyzed using inductive content analysis. RESULTS: Results showed that healthcare providers perceived camp to be a positive influence on campers' normalization and healthcare ownership, and to strengthen patient-provider relationships...
May 2018: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775641/surviving-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-the-neurological-and-functional-outcome-and-health-related-quality-of-life-one-year-later
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Marjaana Tiainen, Jukka Vaahersalo, Markus B Skrifvars, Johanna Hästbacka, Juha Grönlund, Ville Pettilä
BACKGROUND: Data on long-term functional outcome and quality of life (QoL) after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are limited. We assessed long-term functional outcome and health-related QoL of OHCA survivors regardless of arrest aetiology. METHODS: All adult unconscious OHCA patients treated in 21 Finnish ICUs between March 2010 and February 2011 were followed. Barthel Index (BI), activities of daily living (ADL), accommodation, help needed and received, working status, car driving and self-experienced cognitive deficits were assessed in 1-year survivors (N = 206, 40...
May 15, 2018: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775512/improving-post-hospital-medication-management-in-a-danish-municipality-a-process-evaluation
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Mette Geil Kollerup, Tine Curtis, Birgitte Schantz Laursen
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates an intervention developed to improve patient safety in post-hospital medication management carried out by visiting nurses working in a municipality in Denmark. The intervention consisted of three elements: an initial inter-disciplinary home visit by nurses, two subsequent scheduled visits, and the use of an organising tool. BACKGROUND: As a consequence of specialised treatment plans and new treatment possibilities, patients with complex care needs can now be discharged from hospital more rapidly - and in greater numbers - than previously...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775491/effects-of-a-home-care-mobile-app-on-the-outcomes-of-discharged-patients-with-a-stoma-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Qing-Qing Wang, Jing Zhao, Xiao-Rong Huo, Ling Wu, Li-Fang Yang, Ju-Yun Li, Jie Wang
AIMS: The aim of this study is to explore the effects of a home care mobile app on the outcomes of stoma patients who discharged from hospital. BACKGROUND: Patients with a newly formed stoma experience many difficulties after surgery. Mobile application (app) has the potential to help patients self-manage their diseases and adjust to the changes in their lives and is a convenient way to ensure the continuity of care. However, there is a lack of studies about the effects of a mobile app on the transitional care for improving discharged stoma-related health outcomes...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775462/analytical-scaling-relations-to-evaluate-leakage-and-intrusion-in-intermittent-water-supply-systems
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David D J Taylor, Alexander H Slocum, Andrew J Whittle
Intermittent water supplies (IWS) deliver piped water to one billion people; this water is often microbially contaminated. Contaminants that accumulate while IWS are depressurized are flushed into customers' homes when these systems become pressurized. In addition, during the steady-state phase of IWS, contaminants from higher-pressure sources (e.g., sewers) may continue to intrude where pipe pressure is low. To guide the operation and improvement of IWS, this paper proposes an analytic model relating supply pressure, supply duration, leakage, and the volume of intruded, potentially-contaminated, fluids present during flushing and steady-state...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775141/effects-of-structured-group-reminiscence-therapy-on-the-life-satisfaction-of-institutionalized-older-adults-in-taiwan
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Yao Ching-Teng, Lin Chia-Ju, Liu Hsiu-Yueh
Health issues common among older adults living in institution settings include poor life satisfaction and depression conditions. Engagement in appropriate group reminiscence therapy programs could alleviate these health issues among older adults in long-term care institutions. This study tested the effectiveness of a structured group reminiscence therapy protocol on the life satisfaction of institutionalized older adults. A quasi-experimental design was applied. A convenience sample of older adults was drawn from two nursing homes in southern Taiwan...
May 18, 2018: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775080/mindfulness-meditation-and-interprofessional-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-mixed-methods-pilot-study
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Diana J Kelm, Jennifer L Ridgeway, Becca L Gas, Monali Mohan, David A Cook, Darlene R Nelson, Roberto P Benzo
PROBLEM: Mindfulness training includes mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to improve both attention and self-awareness. Medical providers in the intensive care unit often deal with difficult situations with strong emotions, life-and-death decisions, and both interpersonal and interprofessional conflicts. The effect of mindfulness meditation training on healthcare providers during acute care tasks such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation remains unknown. Mindfulness meditation has the potential to improve provider well-being and reduce stress in individuals involved in resuscitation teams, which could then translate into better team communication and delivery of care under stress...
May 18, 2018: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774649/end-of-life-trajectory-of-coping-and-self-care-of-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-meta-synthesis-using-meta-ethnography
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Yasuko Igai
AIM: This study aimed to extract patient narratives regarding the end-of-life trajectory of their self-care and coping experiences as patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and to use meta-ethnography to discover common metaphors of their experience in order to inform the development of nursing interventions. METHODS: A comprehensive search of qualitative research using electronic databases, in English and Japanese, regarding patients with IPF, identified four articles...
May 17, 2018: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773968/solving-routing-problems-with-pairwise-synchronization-constraints
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Sophie N Parragh, Karl F Doerner
Pairwise route synchronization constraints are commonly encountered in the field of service technician routing and scheduling and in the area of mobile care. Pairwise route synchronization refers to constraints that require that two technicians or home care workers visit the same location at exactly the same time. We consider constraints of this type in the context of the well-known vehicle routing problem with time windows and a generic service technician routing and scheduling problem. Different approaches for dealing with the problem of pairwise route synchronization are compared and several ways of integrating a synchronization component into a metaheuristic algorithm tailored to the original problems are analyzed...
2018: Central European Journal of Operations Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773935/factors-contributing-to-appropriate-sharps-disposal-in-the-community-among-patients-with-diabetes
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Li Huang, Svetlana Katsnelson, Jie Yang, Charalambos Argyrou, Marina M Charitou
Background: Proper disposal of sharps has been well studied in hospital settings but not often addressed in the home setting. This lack of attention has resulted in erratic use of proper sharps disposal techniques and thus increased risk of needle-stick injuries and infections. This study aimed to evaluate methods of disposal and patient demographic factors associated with correct disposal of diabetes-related sharps in the community. Methods: A survey was administered to diabetes patients at an endocrinology clinic of an academic tertiary care center...
May 2018: Diabetes Spectrum: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773778/a-collaboration-to-teach-us-mph-students-about-cuba-s-health-care-system
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Joan O'Connell, Ana María Gálvez-González, Jean Scandlyn, María R Sala-Adam, Xiomara Martín-Linares
In 2011, the US Department of the Treasury changed its regulations to allow US students to participate in short-term education programs in Cuba. Beginning in 2012, and each year thereafter, Cuba's National School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Public Health have jointly taught a class on the Cuban public health system. The program goals are to provide US students with an opportunity to learn about the Cuban national health system's focus on 1) prevention and primary health care services; 2) financial and geographic access to services and health equity; 3) continuum of care across the home, family doctor-and-nurse offices, polyclinics and hospitals; 4) data collection at all levels to understand health risks, including outbreaks, and to guide resource allocation; 5) assessing patients' health and risks using a comprehensive definition of health; 6) multisectoral collaborations between the Ministry of Public Health and other Cuban agencies and organizations to address population health risks; 7) disaster preparedness, response and recovery; and 8) provision of international health assistance...
April 2018: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773446/effects-of-preparatory-coaching-and-home-practice-for-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-on-cardiac-dose-for-left-breast-radiation-therapy
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A Kim, A M Kalet, N Cao, D S Hippe, L C Fang, L Young, J Meyer, E V Lang, N A Mayr
AIMS: Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) reduces cardiac radiation exposure by creating cardiac-chest wall separation in breast cancer radiotherapy. DIBH requires sustaining chest wall expansion for up to 40 s and involves complex co-ordination of thoraco-abdominal muscles, which may not be intuitive to patients. We investigated the effect of in-advance preparatory DIBH coaching and home practice on cardiac doses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Successive patients from 1 February 2015 to 31 December 2016 with left-sided breast cancer who underwent tangential field radiotherapy utilising the DIBH technique were included...
May 14, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773438/the-relationship-of-subepidermal-moisture-and-early-stage-pressure-injury-by-visual-skin-assessment
#20
Chul-Gyu Kim, Seungmi Park, Ji Woon Ko, Sungho Jo
AIM: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of subepidermal moisture and early stage pressure injury by visual skin assessment in elderly Korean. METHODS: Twenty-nine elderly participated at a particular nursing home. Data were collected for 12 weeks by one wound care nurse. Visual skin assessment and subepidermal moisture value were measured at both buttocks, both ischia, both trochanters, sacrum, and coccyx of each subject once a week. RESULTS: Subepidermal moisture value of stage 1 pressure injury was significantly higher than that of no injury and blanching erythema...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Tissue Viability
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